Ken Gilbert

Ken Gilbert

Clinical Assistant at Cascades

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Ken grew up in Northern California in the San Francisco Bay Area. He went to Emerson College in Boston, MA where he majored in Marketing Communications and played baseball. After working in technology for several years with high profile clients such as Nike, Intel and Facebook, Ken decided he needed a career change and became a Cascades Field Instructor. After working as an instructor for over a year, Ken was hired in July 2016 as the new Parent Coordinator for Cascades, working directly with families and consultants.

Ken is passionate about recovery and sobriety, spending the majority of his time as a Field Instructor working with young adults with substance abuse issues. As a leader and recovery role model, Ken has been able to share his experience, strength, and hope with young adults entering early recovery. He is a firm believer that addiction is a symptom of complex internal issues, and that increasing emotional awareness and healthy connection can help young adults significantly.

In October 2016, Ken changed roles again, becoming a Clinical Assistant working primarily with Michael Griffin. As a recovering addict/alcoholic and young adult, Ken has shown natural ability building meaningful and vulnerable connections with clients based on healthy boundaries and relatability. The job is a perfect fit for a budding counselor.

Ken has just finished applying to graduate programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and hopes to enroll in a master’s program in early 2017.

When he’s not at work, Ken enjoys rooting for the Buffalo Bills, building computers, doing 12-step work, exploring Central Oregon and reading and researching addiction advocacy work. He lives with his partner in Bend, Oregon.